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How to get Windows software at half-price

Despite hacks and cracks you can find on the Web, the only
legitimate way to run Windows XP or Vista is to purchase a licensed

But you can get copies at half-price or less using “educational
discounts” — and qualifying is a lot easier than you may

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How to prevent and remove ‘phantom’ devices

A little ghostbusting is all it takes to free your system of nonexistent

Windows sometimes displays USB drives and other removable devices that are no
longer connected to your system. Here’s how to cure the problem and prevent it
from happening again.

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Hundreds of hard-drive repair tips!

Having hard-drive trouble? Don’t panic! Odds are, there’s a fix.

If the CPU is your PC’s brain, then the hard drive is its heart,
pumping necessary data throughout your system. Hard drive troubles
are the PC equivalent of a heart attack, but the tips
below will ensure that your data has a long life!

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Microsoft allows bypass of Vista activation

Microsoft always says it opposes “software
pirates” who sell thousands of unauthorized copies of Windows.

But the Redmond company has made things a lot easier for pirates adding a line
to the Registry that can be changed from 0 to 1 to postpone the need to “activate”
Vista indefinitely.

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Are Registry cleaners worthwhile?

For some, Windows Registry cleaning is a waste of time. For others, it’s

Here’s how to tell if your PC might benefit from a thorough cleaning of its

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Pop-up ads can land you in jail

If you find yourself the victim of pop-up ads on a computer, with
children in the vicinity, you could face decades in prison.

I wish that I was exaggerating or being sensationalistic, but for Julie
Amero this is far too real.

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Use Vista without activation for 120 days

It’s widely assumed that a newly installed copy of Windows Vista must be
"activated" before 30 days are up.

But Microsoft has built into Vista a simple, one-line command that anyone can
use to extend the activation deadline of the product to a total of 120 days —
almost four full months!

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More on the Vista upgrade secret

I revealed in my Feb. 1 article that you can buy the “upgrade” version of Windows Vista and
clean-install it to any hard drive, with or without a preexisting version of
Windows XP or 2000.

This renders the more expensive “full” version of Vista unnecessary —
and many of my readers have provided additional information about why
this upgrade trick works.

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Get Vista upgrade, never pay full price

Many people are upset the fact that the economical, “upgrade” version of
Vista won’t accept a Windows XP or Windows 2000 CD-ROM as proof of
ownership. Vista Upgrade is said to install only to a hard disk that already has
XP or 2000 already on it.

But I’ve tested a method that allows you to clean-install the
Vista upgrade version on any hard drive, with no prior XP or W2K installation
— or even a CD — required.

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